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First Skywalk opened in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 16:
Published on 17 Jul. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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Meghalaya has added another tourist attraction with the 76 meter tall skywalk atop Asia’s largest museum of indigenous culture was opened to the public Friday here.
The skywalk, the first of its kind in North Eastern states, is installed atop the seven-storied Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) in Mawlai, a suburb of Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya.
“The skywalk a wiry mesh of stainless steel with sound of nature and animals will provides the visitors a 360° view of the beautiful Queen City of the North East, namely, the historic Shillong,” DBCIC, Shillong Director, Joseph Puthenpurakal said.
It will be a unique experience since it provides a 360 degree view with our naked eyes of Shillong city…a view perhaps clearer and better than from Shillong Peak, he said.
Shillong Peak is the highest point in the state with a height of 1965 metres above sea level.
Puthenpurakal said a powerful telescope would be installed soon to make the skywalk experience more exciting.
Union Minister (state) for Water Resources, Vincent H Pala inaugurating the skywalk complimented the works done by Salesian of Don Bosco. “This is a unique structure and would help promote tourism in the state further,” Pala said.
The Minister promised to donate Rs 25 lakh to the museum from his MP scheme. “People should also help in promoting this museum and skywalk,” he urged.
Started one year and a half ago, the skywalk project designed by architects from New Delhi, was completed in June this year at an estimated cost of over Rs. 25 lakh
Don Bosco Museum houses an amazing repository of information of the eight North Eastern states in a 56,000 square feet floor space and 15,154 square feet wall, displaying artifacts of indigenous culture of the region.
In all the seven floor of the museum there are 17 galleries displaying cultural artifacts of the north- eastern region under one roof, and is Asia’s largest Museum of Indigenous Cultures of its kind. All the galleries in the Don Bosco Museum are provided with Multimedia presentations. The Museum was opened to the public towards the end of 2003 and also offers study and research facilities.

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